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You may be aware, from reading my other body shop product reviews, that I am a big fan of the body shop. Therefore when I received a japanese cherry blossom set for my birthday from a friend I was extremely happy and couldn't wait to try it out. One product in the set was this japanese cherry blossom body butter.
The packaging is very girly, pleasing to the eye and 100% recyclable. A pink plastic tub with a black screw on lid and a pink label on the front with a pretty tree/ flower pattern on. Additionally the back label gives the usual product information e.g. ingredients.
The first thing I noticed about the body butter was the gorgeous smell. It is very girly, quite light and not overpowering, flowery with a subtle cherry hint. The smell also lasts so you can smell it on your skin still hours later, which I love about it. The butter is very light pink in colour and the texture just right. I often find with body butters that the product is very thick and sometimes hard to rub in. However, this butter is not too thick but not runny either so I found it quite easy to apply. I usually wait a few moments to dress after moisturising so I did but found my skin to be extremely greasy. I have fairy dry skin so with other moisturisers and butters I find they absorb quite quickly, but I have found this greasy texture with the shea body shop butter too. Having said that, once the greasy-ness has gone my skin did feel rather soft and nourished. So I would say use this butter when you have a bit more time and don't have to dress immediately.
In term of price the body shop is rather expensive. In the set I received, the body butter was in a 50ml tub, and online I cannot find the price for this sized tub. However a 200ml sized tub is £12.50, so a bit pricey in comparison to body butters you can buy elsewhere like Boots.
Overall I really like this body butter, it smells gorgeous, and conditions my skin nicely. I would buy it again. However I am knocking one star off for the greasy texture it leaves on your skin and the price.
I love a bargain so when I saw Lenor with Febreze effect in my local Sainsbury's store on offer for 75p per 750ml bottle I picked up a couple of them. I had never used Lenor fabric conditioner before but it smelled lovely in the bottle and I hoped it would smell just as nice on my washing!
The fabric conditioner comes in a recyclable plastic bottle with a screw top lid, that also acts as a measuring cap for the conditioner. Around the bottle there is a label with the ingredients, instructions, product website etc, the usual product information. We are also informed that the conditioner is dermatologically tested, should give us 21 washes and give us '4x longer freshness and heavenly softness'.
So I used one cap (55ml) of the bluey/greeny (I can't make out whether it is more blue or green) colour fabric conditioner for my washing. When I pulled the washing out of the machine to put into the tumble dryer I could instantly smell the gorgeous scent of the fabric conditioner- extremely clean and fresh. Once out of the tumble dryer the freshness scent of the washing was still evident but not too overpowering. After having used Lenor with Febreze effect fabric conditioner on my clothes, towels, bedding, they all smelt absolutely incredible and were extremely soft. My clothes smelt fresh all day long and I loved getting a whiff of the lovely scent throughout the day. So this product in my opinion is fantastic and gets the thumbs up. The freshness and clean scent seems to last and last and last and it does make washing very soft, so it does exactly what it say's it will. I haven't counted how many washes I have done using this conditioner but living in a household with 4 of us means there is quite a lot of washing and I have had the conditioner for a couple of weeks now and there is still a bit left in the bottom, so it has lasted quite a while.
In terms of price, like I mentioned above, I paid just 75p for a 750ml bottle. I have had a look on the Sainsbury's website and normally for this size bottle you would pay £1.75, so it falls in the mid price range for fabric conditioner. Even at it's normal price I would buy this product again as I loved it.
I would 100% recommend this product, it has everything I want in a great fabric conditioner.
I love body shop products so bought this when I saw it on offer for 2 for £8.
The packaging is a clear plastic bottle with a flip top lid that ensures the product does not leak and stays secure. It has a clear label with the body shop logo, name of the product, picture of cherries, the ingredients, warnings and so on. I like that the bottle is clear so you can see how much of the product you have left.
The gel is soap free and pink in colour, those things attracted me to the product. It looked fresh and fruity before I had even smelt it. It has a lovely fruity cherry smell that lingers on your skin after showering which I love and it makes the bathroom smell delicious too. I find it perfect for a summers day shower, very fresh and happy scent (if you know what I mean?!). The gel lathers very well so I find I only have to use a little of the product for each shower, which means it last quite a long time and I find it makes my skin quite soft and moisturised.
The shower gel at full price is rather expensive, £6 for a 250ml bottle, however the body shop do often have sales and offers which are great. I would personally buy this shower gel at full price as I really like it. I may have to try a few of the other shower gels from the body shop range after trying this one.
Every product I have tried from the Body Shop I have loved so when I went into my local shop and they had a 2 for £8 offer on the shower gels/creams I couldn't resist buying a couple. I went for this one and the wild cherry gel.
The packaging is a hard plastic bottle with a flip cap lid which keeps the product secure. The bottle is clear so you can see the product and how much is left of it which I like. It has a clear label pretty much all the way around the bottle with the logo, name, little picture of two coconuts, ingredients etc.
The shower cream is soap free and suitable for normal to dry skin. As I am prone to dry legs this seemed great for me. The smell of the product is delicious, creamy and very coconutty, so if you like the smell of coconuts you'll love this! It has a fairly thick consistency, however it does not lather as much as I thought it would, and not as much as the wild cherry gel I bought, which was surprising as usually I find creams lather more than gels. So I end up using more than I usually do would. This shower cream does make my skin very soft though and nourished.
The body shop products are quite expensive. At full price this shower cream is £6 for a 250ml bottle. However like I said I bought mine when on offer, 2 for £8. I would definitely buy this again but would probably wait until its on offer again, the body shop are rather good with sales and offers.
In 2009 I graduated with a first class BSC degree in Psychology and sociology from the University of Leicester. I am so glad I chose this University to study at as I had the most amazing time that will never be forgotten.
I visited a few University's when choosing which one to attend and Leicester stood out as the best to me.
In the Freshers week I met some amazing people who I know will be friends for life, I joined a couple of societies (there are loads of them so something for everybody), received some freebies (always good), had some amazing nights out and generally had a good time. It was a great start to Uni life.
The halls of residence for the University of Leicester are situated in Oadby, a ten minute bus drive from the University campus. I lived in Shirley house in Stamford halls and shared a room with a girl called Sarah. In Shirley house there were many foreign students on abroad years. I met and made friends with many Americans, and a few french people. There is great diversity of people at the University of Leicester and it gives you the chance to meet a wide range of people. My halls of residence was catered for. I thought this was great, it was very social. A big hall of students have dinner together, and in terms of cost worked out much cheaper than if you were self-catered. There was always a choice of food options and a 2 hour period for each meal time. I would recommend the catered option to anyone going to University. Additionally as the halls were not on University campus, there was a computer room on the road of our halls which was open to us students and had computers logged into the University's System so we could work there if we wanted to. I took a laptop to University with me but as I was sharing a room I found it useful to go to the computer room if I needed to concentrate.
In your second and third years most people rent a house with friends, which is what I did. Although I know that the University are very helpful when it comes to accommodation. They helped one of my friends who had to have a year out of Uni due to illness get a house when she returned.
The University's Campus is really nice. It is a great size, not too big but not too small, with some really nice buildings. In my last year at Leicester a brand new very modern library was built, which has fantastic studying facilities. Lots of computers, work areas, silent study areas, a cafe on the ground floor for when you needed a break. Also on campus is the Redfern, a lunch place in the daytime where you can socialise, play pool etc with friends and bar in the evening. On campus are a couple of other cafe's as well. You have the lovely Victoria Park right next to campus too so on sunny days this was perfect for a relax with friends.
The University's student Union and the Psychology society would put on some very fun evenings. Friday nights used to be Mad Fer It at the union which me and my friends used to go to and have a great time. Also there is Liquid and Zanzibar- two night clubs with cheap student nights out that used to be popular. So although Uni was hard work, great times were had also.
The Psychology and Sociology departments were fantastic. My major was Psychology so I had more dealings with this department and nothing was ever to much trouble for them. I was assigned a personal tutor whom we could go to with any troubles what so ever; work issues, personal problems and they were always happy to help. We had a Psychology help desk too, so if I was struggling with work and I needed a push in the right direction I could go there. The Psychology department also had their own building with two computer rooms, which were very handy, especially when at peak times you couldn't find a computer at the Library.
I had some tough times and at one point really wanted to quit as I was struggling, but the tutors and departments were great and very supportive. I had to work my butt off to get my degree but I had some fantastic times and overall I loved my time at the the University of Leicester.
I received a Soap and Glory gift set for christmas and the hair supply was one of the items in this set. Every other Soap ad Glory product I have tried I have loved so I was expecting this to be just as good, however I was very disappointed.
The packaging is a clear plastic tube with a pink flip down lid. The tube has the directions for use, warnings, ingredients etc on the back and on the front there is a picture of a good looking girl with healthy looking hair and the name of the product- hair supply.
After shampooing my hair with my usual shampoo, I squeezed the excess water from my hair (like it says to do in the instructions) and applied a splodge of hair supply. I had run out of conditioner so thought I would use this as a daily product so like it says I left it on for a minute. If you want to use weekly as a treatment then it says to leave on the hair for 3-4 minutes. The smell is lovely, the usual feminine soap and glory smell, so at first I was very happy. I rinsed the hair supply out well. During and after rinsing I could feel that it hadn't left my hair as smooth as my usual conditioner, it actually felt a bit dried out, even though my hair was wet (if that makes sense), it just didn't feel silky like it usually does after applying and rinsing conditioner.
I left my hair for a bit to dry naturally and then finished it off with a hair dryer, like I usually do when I have time. I found that once I had dried my hair it actually looked ok and quite volumed BUT it felt horrible. It felt very dry and as if there was a coating of something over it that felt horrible to touch. I was really disappointed and I hate wasting products but after using it a couple of times (I gave it a second chance) I just can't bring myself to use it again.
Like I said I received this as a present so didn't buy it myself but after having a look at Boots website, you can buy a 200ml tube for £6. A bit pricey I think but I would be happy to spend this much on a good quality conditioner/ hair mask, unfortunately this isn't one (well in my opinion anyway).
I LOVE going on holiday and there are certain things that are must have items.
My camera- a Lumix Panasonic- is high on the list of my things to take on holiday. I get ridiculously snap happy when away and end up taking so many photos, but I love being able to remember every little part and photos are great for this. Lots of memories!
Flip flops. Pretty much the only footwear I wear when on holiday. They are so comfortable and go with pretty much anything you wear so they are definitely on my holiday list.
Books. I love reading and when I go on holiday I take at least a couple of books that I know I'll enjoy. I often read on the plane and love lazing around the pool or at the beach with a good book.
Sun protection; Sun cream, after sun, sun glasses hat, lip balm. I have blonde hair and blue eyes and am very pale. I burn fairly easily when in the sun so I have to protect myself as best I can.
Paracetemol, plasters, Immodium, heat rash cream.
I bring these things along so as to be prepared for any upset stomachs, cuts, illness, heat rash (which I get a lot, grrrr).
Make up. Although when on holiday I do not wear any make up in the day, I love to make an effort and get glammed up for a nice evening meal and few drinks.
Hair dryer and straighteners. I hate leaving my hair to dry naturally as it doesn't dry as straight and have less volume so I will always take a hair dryer. Before going out for the evening I wash my hair, dry and straighten it.
Bikini's. I always buy new bikinis for each holiday and take at least 3 for a week away. I couldn't go away and not take a bikini- Im in the pool/ sea a lot of the time and I do not like wearing swimming costumes.
Moisturiser. I have quite dry skin and have to moisturise everyday to keep it soft. Therefore I will always take a tub of moisturiser on holiday with me and use it whenever I can.
Cuddly toy! I got a little toy dog (Bob) as a present from my boyfriend just before we started going out and he always comes along with us on holidays.
I received a Soap and Glory gift set for xmas containing eleven of their products, including this daily smooth body butter. The packaging suggests it is an "amazingly-effective dry skin formula", which I thought would be perfect for me as I have quite dry skin especially on my legs, I wasn't wrong!
The packaging is quite simple and girly. A plastic tube with pink and black writing, the logo and name of the product on the front and the products information on the back- ingredients, warnings, instructions for use. The lid is a flip down one (as you can see on the picture above), it secures well and it is easy to squeeze the product out.
The first thing I noticed when I opened this to use for the first time was the delicious scent of mist you madly; bergamot, blackcurrent, magnolia, freesia, vanilla and musk. It also contains rosehip seed oil and cocoa butter. The smell is very girly, fresh and you can still smell it for ages after applying which I love. Additionally although it is strong so that the scent stays it is not overpowering.
The butter itself when squeezed out of the bottle is white, thick and creamy, yet when applied to the skin it rubs in easily and absorbs well, I can dress pretty much straight away after applying it without it feeling like my clothes are sticking to my skin because of the greasiness, like I get with other body butters I have used. Also the butter really feels like it moisturises, it makes my skin really soft and smooth, no dryness in sight, yay!
Like I said above I received this as a present so did not buy it for myself, however after looking it up online, in terms of price it costs £8 from Boots for a 250ml tube. Although this is very pricey for body butter, I would definitely buy this again as I believe it works wonders. This is my favourite moisturiser/ body butter along with the body shop shea body butter (which I have also reviewed).
I have always believed in Ghosts even though I have never seen one myself. However, in my student house spooky things went on which used to scare the hell out of me and my housemates.
It all started when some friends and I had gone out clubbing one evening. We returned and one housemate and a friend went into the garden, she came back in saying she had just seen a little blonde haired girl in the garden. She had been drinking so we didn't think much of it and went to sleep. However a couple of weeks after this my other housemate went up stairs to the toilet and all we heard was a scream and her running down the stairs saying there was a little girl standing next to the sink. She ran down the stairs and at the bottom of them there is a door, she shut this but a few seconds later it flung open, as if the little girl had followed her down the stairs. Me and my housemates slept in the same room for a few nights after that as we were all really spooked out.
We went to speak to the next door neighbour who had lived in his house for many years. He said he had never heard of anything spooky going on in our house before, although a little girl who had lived at the bottom of the road had died in her house. But whether this was that little girl I don't know.
Ever since that night little things would happen to suggest there was a presence of someone else in the house. I would walk back into my room and my drawers would be open, when I was sure I had closed them. A different time, the stairs light turned on as I was walking up them, that really scared me.
So although I have never seen a ghost I do believe they exist.
Mmmmmm I love sweetcorn and Green Giant has to be the best there is, no other brands can compete. Green Giant do a range of sweetcorn including naturally sweet, with peppers, salad crisp and original, the latter being my favourite.
The tins come in different sizes which is handy, I tend to buy the smaller size, perfect for a snack- cold sweetcorn straight out of the tin, mmmmmm. The tins also have a handy ring pull so they are easy to open and no need for a tin opener. You can eat the sweetcorn cold or hot. If you do want it hot then it is easy to heat up and does not take long, either by microwaving or heating in a saucepan.
I find that you can put sweetcorn in so many things; pasta, rice, sandwiches, salads, pies and so on and just half of a small tin (80g) provides one of your five a day, so it is healthy and delicious. Green Giant's sweetcorn tastes so fresh and crisp and is so full of flavour. Other brands of sweetcorn I can't stand as they lack all of these things. Green Giant also uses 100% natural ingredients.
I buy the 3 tin multipack from Sainsbury's which costs around £1.80, so 60p per tin, which may seem expensive compared to other brands of sweetcorn yet you do not get the same flavour so I am very willing to pay a bit more to get the better taste.
Leggings are so fashionable at the moment and many shops do sell them. I wear them quite a lot and absolutely love them. They are so comfortable and can be worn both casually and when going out. I often team them up with long tops or dresses.
I have bought leggings from other shops before including primark and new look but I have to say Topshop ankle leggings are my favourite. The ones I bought from New Look felt very tight even though I had bought the right size so I did not find them that comfortable, and my Primark leggings did not last very long, they started to go bobbly very soon after buying them. Topshop leggings have an elastic waistband (good especially if wearing when going out to eat a huge meal, often when I wear jeans out I want to undo the top button, haha, but no need to when wearing leggings). The rest of the material is viscose, so very soft and comfortable.
In terms of price, these leggings are £12 which is in the mid price range I think for a pair of leggings, which I think is a fair price to pay. I have had my leggings for about a year now and they are still in great condition.
The only disadvantage I would say is that they are not recommended for tumble dryer use, although I don't think this is too much of a biggy, they tend to dry pretty quick when hung on the washing line or radiator.
I love bags and have so many of them in different sizes, styles, colours etc so there is always one for every occasion. The one I currently have all of my stuff in is my casual/ take to work bag which is rather big so I can fit everything into it.
So what is in there today?
First I have my pink accessorize purse containing all of my cards (bank card, Boots advantage card, provisional driving license, my out of date student card- which I sometimes get away with using ha and gift cards), money, receipts and a picture of me and my boyfriend.
Second there is my pink diary from WHSmith in which I write my shifts for work and what I am doing each day, for example, meeting with friends at cinema, 7pm. I also carry around a pen so I can write in here at any time.
Third I carry around my house keys which are attached to a set of key rings (makes it easier to find them in my bag this way) and my car key (which I can only use when someone accompanies me in my car as I am still a Learner).
Fourth I have my glasses case which I always carry around with me, along with a couple of contact lenses (just in case my glasses happen to break I have these for back up. (prepared or what?!).
Fifth I carry around a few cosmetic items including roll on deodorant, impulse body spray, a small tin of vaseline, soap and glory hand food.
Sixth, in the back pocket of my bag are hair bands, paracetemol, pack of tissues and Scholl blister plasters. Also in the side pocket are my brightly multicoloured accessorize gloves, which I can probably take out now the weather is finally getting nicer.
Seventh I have two special K chocolate chip cereal bars in my bag, ready for when I am a bit peckish (which is always).
Finally I have my phone, which I take with my everywhere and that I couldn't be without- a bit sad I know!
So yeah I have a lot of stuff that I lugg around with me in my bag but it means I have everything I may need when I'm out. I'm very prepared, me!
I tried this blusher after reading a couple of reviews about it on here suggesting that it was very nice. The blusher I usually wear (natural collection- I have also written a review on this) is great but the only thing about it is it does not last so I wanted to try out something else that would hopefully stay put for longer and that was not too expensive. This blusher was advertised in Boots as being one that would last for 6 hours, so after reading the reviews I decided I would give it a go.
A compact black tub with a lift up clear lid so you can see the colour of the product, also with the Rimmel London logo on the top (as can be seen in the picture above). This blusher comes in a few different shades so there would be one to suit your skin tone. I have quite pale skin and went for the 004 pink rose shade as I thought it looked the nicest and would suit my skin well. With some products in Boots there are testers so you can try before you buy however there was not with this product which was a bit disappointing.
I did not want to spend much on a new blusher and whenever I have looked before for one they always seem to be fairly pricey -approx £9, so I was very happy to see that although Rimmel London is a well known fashionable brand this blusher is only £3.59, which is great.
I immediately liked the blusher. It applied really easily and I only needed a little on my cheeks to give me a great pinky colour. It also has a little sparkle to it which I really like. It highlighted my cheeks well and I felt like it looked really good. A great blusher for using when your going out and if only a little is used it looks natural enough to use as an everyday product. Plus the blusher really does last, so no need for regular touch ups which is fantastic. Although if you wanted to take it out with you in your handbag it is small enough to do so and the lid seems to press down very securely so it would not go everywhere.
I am very impressed with this blusher.
I have always been complimented on having nice teeth so I am very conscious of keeping them that way and looking after them and my gums/mouth. I have used the Clean Mint (purple colour) Listerine mouthwash for nearly a year now and feel like it really gives my mouth a good clean.
Packaging: A clear plastic bottle with a black screw on lid that has a safety lock so children cannot get into it and a Listerine label on the front and back with ingredients and directions for use etc.
Price: I would say Listerine is fairly well priced for a mouthwash, you can get cheaper mouth washes but also more expensive ones. For a 500ml bottle (I tend to buy these bigger ones as if I buy the 250ml bottle I seem to go through it quite quickly so I just go for the big one) it costs £3.89, however there are sometimes offers on, for example at the moment the 500ml bottles are 2 for £5 in Sainsburys which is really good.
The mouth wash has a very strong medicated and minty smell. It is advised to use (rinse around mouth for 30seconds) morning and evening after brushing. The label suggests it has 6 benefits: reduces plaque, maintains healthy gums, strengthens teeth against decay, prevents tartar, kills 99.9% oral bacteria and 24 hour fresh breath. I find that this mouthwash really does give you fresh breath, it is so strong that your mouth feels minty and clean for ages afterwards. Because it is so strong though, it does sting your mouth a bit, but it just feels like it is actually doing something- no pain no gain I guess! If I haven't used Listerine in a couple of days I can always feel the difference on my teeth.
Overall a very good mouthwash that you can feel working.
My mum has had membership with Littlewoods catalogue for years now and I always used to find myself flicking through the pages and wanting so many items so I became a member too.
Littlewoods sell a vast range of high quality products. They sell all types of women's clothing (smart, casual, sporty, on trend, underwear, beach wear) and they have the same for men too. A lot of items in terms of clothing are also available in petite, tall and plus sizes, so they cater for every body type. In the catalogues there are also little tips, for example how to wear certain products, what to wear them with, which I think is really good and helpful. They also sell children's clothes, shoes, trainers, Jewellery, phones, televisions, cameras, household items including beds, tables, chairs, I could go on and on.
Littlewoods also have fab offers on for example if you introduce friends to Littlewoods you get money credited to your account, a little perk of being a member.
In terms of payment methods, you can spread the cost with paying for the product over 20 weeks for example ,and this is also interest free which is great. Also Littlewoods do free delivery and returns which is amazing, usually when I buy anything on the Internet there is always a charge for either the delivery or return of items and sometimes both, so Littlewoods is really good in this way.
The only thing I would say is that sometimes the products seem quite pricey and you could probably get them else wear for a little cheaper, but with no charges for delivery and no interest with Littlewoods you may find it works out similar in price anyway.
Overall a great shop with fantastic products and service.